Ahhh it’s chocolate time… ahem, I mean Easter J Another worldwide celebration, that equates to food. For dieters across the globe it’s pesky Easter and Christmas that throws that spanner in the works, derailing their best intentions.
Mr Easter bunny this year has come 2 months early in fact! I personally have witnessed Mr Bunny leaving his Easter eggs and hot cross buns in the super market in February - better get in early than late I guess?
Mean while, you have had to deal with that sweet stench of buttery goodness each time you walk past the bakery store, oh Easter come sooner!
I sound like I hate Easter, but I really don’t. I’m just teasing, I know a lot of my clients struggle with celebratory times and have real addictions to hot cross buns and chocolate eggs. You know what? It happens to the best of us, Easter egg addiction is a serious issue.
As always though, I’m hear to help you figure it out- Too eat chocolate eggs or not eat eggs? Now that it the ultimate question!
Let’s set something straight first. Eating Easter eggs at Easter time is no problem at all if you moderate what you’re eating. However eating hot cross buns and chocolate eggs for weeks leading up to Easter is probably not a good idea.
Let's put a numerical value to it.
1 bakers delight medium hot cross bun = 230kcal, 4g fat, 43g carbs
50g milk chocolate egg = 255kcal, 13g fat, 31g carbs
As you can see the numbers are quite high. Now thinking about the way we typically eat these food items: in between meals, on the fly, as snacks, with lunch etc They can quickly add to a growing waist line.
Top tips to avoid the bunny belly:
1. Share your chocolate! Sharing the love means you get less yummy goodness, but you will be sharing calories too.
2. Save your eggs for Easter Sunday when they’re supposed to be eaten. Hiding excess chocolate in the freezer or covered in a container in the cupboard assists with keeping them “out of sight, out of mind”.
3. Re-gift and recycle. This is my favorite; give them to some one who is good at controlling their food, or to people at work. That way you save money buying Easter gifts and you don’t have to eat them.
4. Plan to throw a chocolate fondue party or high tea for some ones birthday in the near future. Save the chocolate so you can melt it down for future use. That way you can share the chocolate love in a delayed fashion and everyone in your friendship circle doesn’t end up with chocolate over load over Easter.
5. Get active! Now that you have a few days off over the Easter break get out doors and do something fun; bike ride, bush walk, get down to the beach or pool. All the extra activity will help burn off the extra calories from eating all the eggs.
Happy Easter egg hunting!